Half Light - Review
Review by Jack Foley
THERE’S so much wrong with Demi Moore’s Half Light that it’s almost impossible to know where to start.
This supernatural thriller is poorly conceived, unintentionally funny and content to rip off far better movies, not to mention poorly performed and tedious in the extreme.
Moore stars as successful novelist Rachel Carlson who struggles to move on with her life after the tragic death of her son by moving to a remote seaside house just outside a Scottish village to finish her latest book.
Once there, strange things begin to happen that threaten her sanity, including the re-appearance of her son and a mysery lighthouse keeper (Hans Matheson), who has his own past demons to conquer.
From the outset, Half Light seems to be borrowing from Don’t Look Now, especially in its depiction of the loss of Moore’s son (who drowns while playing alone by some water). But there are also elements of The Sixth Sense, The Wicker Man and The Dark thrown in.
As soon as the story switches to Scotland, director Craig Rosenberg pulls out all the stops to signpost the impending chills, frequently emphasising the “remote” nature of Moore’s cottage by insisting that it’s “miles away from anywhere” (like viewers don’t know what ‘remote’ means).
Once the ghosts begin to appear and things go bump in the night, Moore’s plight becomes increasingly more desperate, prompting the nearby villagers – who are prone to whispering in ‘the old tongue’ – to think she’s going mad.
Taken at face value, Half Light doesn’t appear to be that bad a concept – but its execution is appalling.
It’s drawn out, hammily performed and systematically fails to unnerve the audience. The Scottish villagers, in particular, are a laughably bad bunch who conform to just about every cliche (from village idiot who holds the key to the truth to sceptical copper).
While the villains are far too obvious and the twists that accompany their acts clearly signposted.
Moore struggles gamely with some of the more ridiculous material but there’s no real sense of peril and even her character struggles to hold any interest, generating more laughs than sympathy.
The biggest mystery surrounding the movie is how it ever saw the light of a cinema projection reel in the first place.
Running time: 1hr 50mins